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By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Looking to build off their 9-4 win on Sunday, the Philadelphia Phillies (55-50) and LHP Drew Smyly will take on the San Francisco Giants (54-52) and rookie RHP Tyler Beede Tuesday evening in the first of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park.

The first three games of their Phillies' nine-game homestand featured 9-2 and 15-7 blowout losses, however the club recovered on Sunday; they slugged four home runs — including a grand slam by catcher J.T. Realmuto, the first Phillies catcher to do so since Mike Lieberthal in 2006. The Phillies have played just five games since July 22, with three off-days giving some much-needed rest to everyday players like right fielder Bryce Harper, who slugged his 18th home run in Sunday's victory.

The Phillies have won six straight home games against the Giants dating back to June 3, 2017; over this stretch, they have outscored the Giants 46-18 and outhit them 62-41.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

San Francisco Giants (54-52) Philadelphia Phillies (55-50)
RHP Tyler Beede LHP Drew Smyly
(3-4, 4.85 ERA) (1-5, 7.69 ERA)

RHP Tyler Beede, Age: 26

  • Career vs. PHI: N/A
  • Career at Citizens Bank Park: N/A

Beede will make his 14th career start — first against the Phillies and 12th overall of 2019. The rookie right-hander has a 5.54 ERA and 1.538 WHIP spanning 39 innings on the road this season, as opposed to a 3.81 ERA and 1.385 WHIP through 26 innings at home.


LHP Drew Smyly, Age: 30

  • Career vs. SFG: N/A
  • Career at Citizens Bank Park: N/A

Smyly has made 170 appearances over his six-year career; neither of them have been against the Giants, nor at Citizens Bank Park — until Tuesday's series opener.

The southpaw shined in his Phillies debut (no-decision) on July 21, away against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, allowing just one run, three singles, one double and two walks over six innings. He struck out eight of his 23 batters faced.

Smyly's one-year contract with the Phillies became official also on July 21, bumping RHP Nick Pivetta to the bullpen.

Starting Lineups:

San Francisco Giants (54-52) Philadelphia Phillies (55-50)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 2B Donovan Solano R 1 CF Scott Kingery R
2 LF Mike Yastrzemski L 2 SS Jean Segura R
3 RF Austin Slater R 3 RF Bryce Harper L
4 C Buster Posey R 4 1B Rhys Hoskins R
5 CF Kevin Pillar R 5 C J.T. Realmuto R
6 SS Brandon Crawford L 6 2B Cesar Hernandez S
7 1B Tyler Austin R 7 3B Maikel Franco R
8 3B Zach Green R 8 LF Adam Haseley L
9 P Tyler Beede R 9 P Drew Smyly L

Broadcast Information:

  • First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game Notes:

  • With 57 games to go, the Phillies trail by six games in the National League East and one game for the second spot in the National League Wild Card.
  • Phillies utility player Scott Kingery has hit safely in five straight games, albeit slashing only .231/.259/.423 with three runs scored, six overall hits, one walk and 12 strikeouts spanning 26 at-bats.
  • Earlier, the Phillies signed right-handed reliever Blake Parker, who will be available in Tuesday's opener.

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  • On Monday, the Phillies acquired LHP Jason Vargas and cash considerations from the New York Mets for minor-league catcher Austin Bossart. Two days prior, they acquired 2B/OF Jose Pirela from the San Diego Padres for cash considerations and optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
  • Despite losing three straight games to the Giants, the Phillies are 6-4 in their last 10 meetings overall against them dating back to August 18, 2017.


  • Giants center fielder Kevin Pillar is 0-for-12 in his career against Smyly with one strikeout. Third baseman Evan Longoria had gone 3-for-3 with two doubles and a solo home run against Smyly in his career, however he is currently on the injured list with plantar fasciitis (click to expand).


What's Next:

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019: vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m.
    • Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa.
    • RHP Jeff Samardzija (7-8, 3.95 ERA) vs. RHP Vince Velasquez (3-5, 4.46 ERA)
    • TV: NBCSP; Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


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